The internet was reflective of the world this week. All four officers involved in George Floyd’s death have been charged, Friday would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday, Iyanna Dior was the victim of a transphobic attack, “Black Lives Matter” was painted outside of the White House and the DC chapter of Black Lives Matter said it’s “a performative distraction from real policy changes,” and the New York Times newsroom is in revolt.
Some of the links on this list are new from this week and offer educational, legal, and other resources or information. Others are older but relevant to conversations happening now. We are all at different stages of learning and becoming politically active, but I hope everyone can find something of use here. This is also a very short and incomplete list, and there is a lot more information and ways to help out there. These are resources that I have found helpful for understanding racism and activism, and that I have found helpful for processing 2020.
Highlights: The past six months, the need for accomplices and not allies, the psychopathology of whiteness, the uprising, @urdoingreat, Black revolutionary texts, Black longform and literary journalism, national resources for the current protests, and the Criterion Collection.
It is hard to remember 2020. So much has happened in the past six months that the people who get paid to keep track, journalists, “have used the word overwhelming to describe this moment.” Journalism tells stories, and “for the most part, journalism has decided that the coronavirus and the killing of George Floyd, a forty-six-year-old Black man, in Minneapolis, are two distinct stories. That’s fiction. Floyd’s murder, under the knees of a white police officer—and the demonstrations in response—occurred as part of a cascade of events. There is the history of systemic racism in America, police brutality, and protest. There is the spread of covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, and its economic effects.”
It has been hard to keep track of, let alone process, 2020 and what has taken place so far. Betsy Morais and Alexandria Neason chronicle this year and its “web of connections [that] is intricate and vast” in this article—the background shifts and gets darker as time progresses.
Image: A group of protesters surrounded several National Guard vehicles that were driving on Lake Street towards the blockade under the Hiawatha Light Rail station and forced them to reverse out in Minneapolis, Minn., on Friday, May 29, 2020. A peaceful protests turned increasingly violent in the aftermath the death of George Floyd during an arrest. Mayor Jacob Frey ordered a citywide curfew at 8 p.m. local time, beginning on Friday. (Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP)